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4 stars The best album from Asia? Unless for me it is, and the ratings on this great site seem to follow the same idea. Aura has the best and more progressive track that Asia was ever did: the track FREE. An almost 9 minutes epic which a modern prog rock feel, in the vein of Genesis post Abacab long prog tracks. A five stars track in which Downes combines his fantastic keyboards with a great electric guitar work, which includes the master Steve Howe. All over a superb bass line by John Payne. The melody line is great in the verse and in the chorus, and the track evolves between two stunning instrumental interludes. The instrumental Aura is the other prog track, far better than many or almost all that Asia did before and after. The last track called In the Hands of Time is the other prog related track with a good instrumental passage in which the Keyboards takes the main rol.

The rest is AOR wich some progressive elements in some cases. The opening Awake is a superb atmospheric track based in a guitar pattern with a choir joining in the chorus. A very good track. The second and third, are two great soft tracks, one of them a cover from 10CC called Ready to go home. I did not know the original version, but this one is really good.

The last time, Kings of the day, The longest night and Come make my day are good tracks too.

The rest is in an inferior level, but not bad.

Because Free, and the overall quality of the album, I consider it a good addition for any progressvie rock collection

genbanks | 4/5 |


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